Monday, 23 December 2013

The Rhonda returns!

A happy ending for once! By lovely bike was stolen last night. I could not believe it this morning! I was heartbroken. All I could do was set about spreading the word in the vain hope that someone would see or hear something but I was convinced she had gone for good. All that hard work and effort and good will to get this far and some little git (lets keep it clean) decides he wants her.

Thanks to my son who acted so quickly today and set out in the pouring rain on foot to start searching the local woods and footpaths. He said if she was hidden we didn't have much time to get her back. I told him it was long gone in the back of a transit and would be stripped by now but he was determined to try. I'm so glad he did.

When he called me, out of breath, and he said those words "Mum I've got your bike. I've found her" I just could not believe my ears. I ran out in to the rain and set off to meet him walking back pushing Rhonda! He was soaked through and tired from pushing her up hill but a hero for sure!
She needs some repairs as they caused a bit of damage getting the steering lock off and trying ( but failing miserably! ha ha!!) to hot wire her but nothing that cannot be fixed. I'm just so happy to be reunited. You wouldn't believe!! It's been emotional! : 0 )

As my son said today "For every sinner there is a saint" and I am just stunned at how quickly people acted today to spread the word. Love it or loathe it, Facebook is a great tool for spreading the word. The news spread, not just to every corner of the country but to countries all over the world as well! All thanks to people caring enough to act on what they read. People I have never met must have spent a good portion of their morning sharing that status and then going back to update people on the good news. Amazing. I cannot thank them enough. I think balance is well and truly restored and as I sit down this evening with my glass of wine, doing my final wrapping I can smile, safe in the knowledge that next year is going to be OK thanks to the support of family, fellow bikers and friends all over the world who have my back!

No left overs for the dogs this Christmas who have once again proved their worth and slept through the whole bloody episode! Nice once Chui and Josh!!! It's lucky we love you!!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

13 weeks to go and party on!

Time really is flying now and with just the extra tank to go on Rhonda she is almost set.

Once Christmas is out of the way things are really going to get crazy. It's like a whirlwind already and every day is one step closer to setting off in to the sunset on the trip of my dreams! Is this really happening? If I'm dreaming then please don't wake me!

We have had plenty of practice as you can see with all the kit (I used a spare helmet for this one as I didn't want to get my lovely new X-Lite dirty!!)

Thanks to Mick Extance Experience we raised some money for the trip as well as testing out all the gear. It really was a top weekend and a great test for the bike and the Kriega luggage, which stayed in place beautifully. Thanks to everyone who came along.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Ace Cafe - London send off

The Ace cafe has seen some motorcycle history in it's time having seen in the the birth of Rock N Roll and being the place for rockers to meet, arrange runs or just fix their bikes! Bikers came to listen to the jukebox long before RNR was played on the radio!

From this fusion of music and motorbikes came the legend of Record Racing. Drop the coin in the slot and race to a given point before the record finished playing!

The Ace cafe, with its combination of Motorbikes, speed and Rock N Roll became the launchpad for many famous racers and the birthplace for many bands.

On the 23rd March 2014 it will become the launchpad for my RTW trip and I can guarantee you that I will have some Rock N Roll playing on my iplayer as I leave! Perhaps even a bit of Ska music! One Steph beyond???

It would be wonderful to see you all there. I will be leaving at 1pm, lead by my dad, heading over to the port for my short hop over to France and the start of my overland adventure!

Should be a fun day with loads of Adventure bikes on show.